Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting admission requirements for the Graduate School, requirements for entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program include the following:

Completion of a baccalaureate degree with the following courses completed with a “C” or higher:

    1. Chemistry – 1 year chemistry sequence for science majors (eg. 6-8 semester hours) with laboratory experience
    2. Physics – 1 year physics sequence for science majors (eg. 6-8 semester hours) with laboratory experience
    3. Biology/Zoology – 6-8 semester hours with content that includes an introduction to cell biology, biochemistry and genetics
    4. Anatomy – 3-4 semester hours of vertebrate, mammalian, human or comparative anatomy that includes a laboratory experience
    5. Physiology – 3-4 semester hours of vertebrate, mammalian or human physiology (A two-semester sequence of combined anatomy and physiology will meet the anatomy and physiology requirement)
    6. Statistics – 3 semester hours of statistics

Please refer to the Course Requirements Clarification at the bottom of this page for additional details on each course

OR Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a Health Science major from Bradley University with a “C” or higher in all required courses

The following courses are highly recommended:

  1. Kinesiology, biomechanics or additional courses in human anatomy
  2. Exercise physiology, pathophysiology, or additional courses in physiology
  3. Upper division psychology and sociology courses
  4. Medical Terminology

In addition, an applicant should have:

  1. Minimum 3.0 grade point average in all mathematics and science courses taken.
  2. Minimum 3.0 grade point average for all courses taken.
  3. GRE verbal minimum score of 150; quantitative minimum score of 150.
  4. TOEFL score of 600 or higher, and IELTS score of 7.0 or higher.
  5. Skills in computer literacy, communication (written and verbal), medical terminology, and teaching.

Other Requirements:

Your submission of courses to PTCAS (verified by official transcripts) will be used to determine if you have required courses or course equivalents.

No grade lower than a C is acceptable in the required courses.

In order to begin the DPT program the requirements for a Baccalaureate degree must be met with verification of the Baccalaureate degree being awarded four weeks after the start of the class.

Volunteer hours are not required, however 100 hours of exposure to physical therapy is recommended. Applicants should spend time observing a variety of physical therapy settings to facilitate his or her career decision.

In addition to the University’s student health form requirement, and prior to enrollment in the first full-time physical therapy course that includes a clinical experience (usually January of the first year in the curriculum), each student must verify:

  1. Professional liability insurance (renewable annually)
  2. Immunity to rubeola (measles) by one of the following: a rubeola (measles) immunization received in 1990 or later, or – written verification from a physician of having had the disease, or – birth date prior to 1957
  3. Immunity to rubella (German measles) by one of the following: - written verification of having had the immunization, or – written verification rubella titer greater than 1:10
  4. Written verification of immunity to Hepatitis B virus
  5. Written verification of tuberculin test results (renewable annually)
  6. CPR certification (renewable annually)
  7. Criminal background check, if required by clinical site.

Contact the Department at 309-677-3489 or cwessler@bradley.edu for the most current requirements.

Admission is competitive for a limited number of spaces in the class.

Course Requirements Clarification

Biology

Acceptable courses to meet the Biology Requirement of 6-8 hours with content that includes an introduction to cell biology, biochemistry and genetics:

  1. A two semester sequence of introductory biology for science majors, preferably with a laboratory experience (typically 100 level biology courses – but must be for science or pre-health career majors) - OR
  2. One semester of an introductory biology course for science majors preferably with a laboratory experience that covers the required content (introduction to cell biology, biochemistry [biochemistry may be assumed in the discussion of cell metabolism and respiration], and genetics), PLUS an additional 2-4 hours in a related course (could be from another department than Biology). Example courses:
    1. Microbiology
    2. Comparative vertebrate anatomy
    3. Animal Physiology
    4. Genetics
    5. Embryology
    6. Histology
    7. Cell Biology
    8. Biochemistry
    9. Neurobiology
    10. Molecular Biology
    11. Entomology
    12. Immunology
    13. Exercise physiology
    14. Pathophysiology
    15. Additional hours in anatomy and physiology beyond the requirement in anatomy and physiology. OR
  3. Separate courses in cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry. This sequence of courses may be required for certain biology majors or may be a sequence of introductory biology courses in institutions with trimesters.
  4. Courses that meet one requirement cannot be used for another requirement (example: a biology course in animal physiology cannot be used for both the biology requirement and the anatomy and physiology requirement).
  5. Courses NOT accepted to meet the Biology requirement would include specific courses (beyond the introductory courses) in Botany, Plant Biology, Environmental Biology, Evolution, Ecology, Natural History, Biology and Society/Technology, Readings in Biology and Biology courses for non-science majors.

Chemistry

Acceptable courses to meet the Chemistry requirement- 1 year chemistry sequence for science majors (eg. 6-8 semester hours) with laboratory experience:

  1. These courses are typically offered as General Chemistry I and II, or College Chemistry I and II, or Inorganic Chemistry. These courses usually have a laboratory experience and are acceptable for science majors or pre-health career majors. OR
  2. One semester course of General Inorganic Chemistry and one semester course in Organic Chemistry will also be accepted if that is the sequence of chemistry the institution offers. This should also be for science majors or pre-health career majors and have a laboratory experience.

Physics

Acceptable courses to meet the Physics requirement-1 year physics sequence for science majors (eg. 6-8 semester hours) with laboratory experience:

  1. These courses are typically offered as General Physics I and II, or College Physics I and II. This level of physics can be Algebra/Trigonometry-based and does not have to be Calculus based. These courses usually have a laboratory experience and are acceptable for science majors or pre-health career majors.
  2. Some institution offer two separate courses in physics based on their content areas without regard to sequence. In these two courses the following basic content should be covered: Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, sound, waves, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. These courses should also be for science majors or pre-health career majors and have a laboratory experience.

Anatomy and Physiology

Acceptable courses to meet the Anatomy and Physiology Requirement of:

  • Anatomy - 3-4 semester hours of vertebrate, mammalian, human, or comparative anatomy that includes a laboratory experience
  • Physiology - 3-4 semester hours of vertebrate, mammalian, or human physiology (a two-semester sequence of combined anatomy and physiology will meet the anatomy and physiology requirement).
    1. As stated a separate course in anatomy and physiology is acceptable. A laboratory experience with anatomy dissection is preferred. Each course should cover all body systems.
    2. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology will meet the requirement. A laboratory experience with anatomy dissection is preferred.
    3. The anatomy and physiology does not have to be out of the Biology department but should be rigorous enough for a science major or pre-health career major.
    4. Generally a 1 semester 3-4 credit hour course in anatomy and physiology is not acceptable to meet the requirement.
    5. Generally a course in exercise physiology is NOT accepted for physiology requirement, however exercise physiology is recommended.
    6. Generally a course that covers just the musculoskeletal anatomy is NOT accepted for the anatomy requirement.

Statistics

Acceptable courses to meet the requirement of 3 semester hours of statistics.

  1. The course should include principles and procedures for data interpretation, measures of central tendency and variability, probability, correlation and an introduction to inferential statistics.
  2. The course can come from any department, however statistics courses from the behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, or general health sciences seem to better prepare students for the statistical reasoning in our graduate program.

Highly Recommended Courses

Certain course work, though not required, will give an applicant a slight advantage in the admission process and will serve as excellent background for entering into the professional physical therapy program. The following courses are highly recommended:

  • Kinesiology, Biomechanics or additional courses in Anatomy
  • Exercise Physiology, Pathophysiology or additional courses in Physiology
  • Upper division Psychology or Sociology courses
  • Medical Terminology
    • Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience, Neurophysiology
    • Nutrition
    • Ethics, Philosophy
    • Issues in Health Care
    • Introduction to Business